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Software Engineers

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Werkplekken 5
  • Contractduur 2 jaar
  • Uren per week 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.737 - €5.003
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10, schaal 11
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal, Bachelor - HBO
  • Vakgebied ICT, Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 31 december
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2020-24
  • Plaatsingsdatum 14 mei 2020
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd met uitzicht op onbepaalde tijd


KNMI has a permanent vacancy for Software Engineers contributing to future operational and research applications in the meteorological and climate domain.

Climate change research and innovations in weather forecasting and seismology are increasingly reliant on IT and data. Besides the traditional data and infrastructures such as observation networks, radars and satellites, the use of data from other domains such as open data, crowd-sourced data and IoT data are becoming available for use in the meteorological domain.

In collaboration with public and private sector partners, KNMI Data Technology group is working on research and development in cutting-edge web services and products using: (big) data management and processing, data analytics, web technology and data visualization techniques. Relevant tags are API, Linux, Cloud, K8S, Docker, Git, DevOps, Agile, Pair programming.

Your challenge
You will work as a software engineer on IT innovations dealing with large and real-time data such as can be seen in one of our recent EU projects to help tackle airborne hazards. KNMI data provides essential information to core KNMI communities like weather forecasters, researchers, the private sector and the general public. Part of the challenge is dealing with the usability, scalability and automation of our solutions and enable reproducibility of delivered products.

Creativity and craftsmanship are essential. As a team player you contribute to the inspiring working environment.  When you are a senior engineer you are able to inspire the team and sharing knowledge is a natural habit you perform with pleasure.


Here is what we expect from you:

  • College or university degree in Computer Science or similar.
  • Fluency in Java and/or Python with real experience.
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary DevOps team. 
  • Experience in CI/CD and test automation.
  • Ability to discover, assess and introduce relevant or emerging technologies. 
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

We welcome experience in one or more of the following:

  • Full stack software development experience.
  • API design and API management.
  • Cloud development e.g., AWS CloudFormation, ECS, Lambda. 
  • Secure software development.
  • Domain driven design.
  • Community building.
  • Mentorship to transfer your experience and knowledge to junior/medior developers.
  • Interest in weather, climate and seismology applications.

Specific training in these areas can and will be done on the job. Passion for software development, craftsmanship and continuously improving yourself are essential for this job.


  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10, schaal 11
  • Maand­salaris Min €2.737 Max. €5.003 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd met uitzicht op onbepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 2 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

Other conditions of employement

In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With the IKB, you make choices that are right for you, and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you could opt to receive part of your monthly salary at a date of your choosing. You could also use the budget to purchase additional leave, or vice versa, or spend it on tax-efficient purchases. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers a wide range of options to achieve that. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness, a full compensation of your public transport expenses for your commute and partially paid parental leave.



  • Salary scale depending on experience and knowledge.
  • If you decide to apply for this vacancy, you will receive a status update within 2 weeks.

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The KNMI R&D Observations and Data Technology (RDWD) department plays a crucial role in research and development of services and technologies used for weather, climate and seismology for both operations and research. RDWD employs sensor specialists, observation data specialists and software developers.

The Data Technology group (RDWD-DT) employs about 20 software developers and domain experts working on experiments, cross-domain application architectures and software implementations. We work in Agile teams, moving towards DevOps. Maintaining and expanding our knowledge on data technologies and software engineering is essential for innovation.

We work in a Unix/Linux environment and have a strong preference for Open Source and Open Standards. Working atmosphere is important to us: doors are open and opinions matter.

We have colleagues from many nationalities each with his/her own level of the Dutch Language. Professionally we talk and write in English.

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) advises on and warns society about reducing risks with atmospheric or seismic origins. KNMI develops high-quality knowledge, carries out observations and translates them into products and services that reduce safety risks, contribute to a sustainable society and promote economic opportunities. KNMI aims to provide reliable information and is an independent authority in the field of weather, climate, air quality, seismology and other geophysical phenomena.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.




Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

De heer ir. J. van de Vegte


Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Mevrouw H. Loeb


De heer R.C. Doornkamp



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